Wolfsburg-Borussia Dortmund Preview: BVB looking to tie up second position
Jurgen Klopp's deposed Bundesliga champions need just one point to ensure that they will end the season in the top-two for the third consecutive season
By Tom Webber
Borussia Dortmund only need a single from their trip to the Volkswagen Arena to face Wolfsburg in order to secure the runners-up position in the Bundesliga.
|Bet:||Returns:||Wolfsburg £14.40||Draw £45.00||SC Freiburg £60.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Wolfsburg £14.40||Draw £47.50||SC Freiburg £65.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Wolfsburg £14.40||Draw £45.00||SC Freiburg £65.00|
However, with one eye on the Champions League final against domestic rivals Bayern Munich later this month, Jurgen Klopp may well rotate his squad for the fixture.
Felipe Santana will remain at the heart of defence but will this time feature alongside Mats Hummels rather than Neven Subotic, who played the 1-1 draw with the Bavarian giants last weekend.
Youngsters Leonardo Bittencourt and Moritz Leitner will be given rare starts while Marco Reus replacing Robert Lewandowski gives Julian Schieber the chance to lead the line. Mario Gotze is unlikely to feature until the final due to injury.
Wolfsburg are only expected to make one change after sharing the spoils with Hamburg last week as Simon Kjaer begins ahead of Robin Knoche at centre-back.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Wolfsburg have only managed to take all three points in one of their last seven home games.
- The Wolves were victorious when the two sides met earlier this season. Naldo, Diego and Bas Dost were on target in a 3-2 triumph.
- Edin Dzeko scored a double the last time Wolfsburg tasted victory at home against Saturday's opponents. Grafite also found the net in a 3-0 in the Bundesliga-winning campaign of 2008-09.
- One point for Borussia Dortmund will secure a top-two finish for the third consecutive season.
- Robert Lewandowski, who is expected to be given a rest this weekend, is currently the joint-highest scoring player in the Bundesliga with 23 goals.
- Marco Reus (pictured, right) is one of four BVB players to have accumulated more goals this season than Wolfsburg's top scorers, Ivica Olic and Diego.
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Top 3 Predictions
VfL Wolfsburg 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
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VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
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VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
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|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||15 Apr 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 0|
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|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||8 Dec 2012||Borussia Dortmund 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 3|
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|15 Apr 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 0||GERC|
|12 Apr 2014||VfL Wolfsburg 4 - 1. FC Nürnberg 1||BUN|
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The Croatia striker is finally hitting a bit of form after his summer move from Bayern Munich and will be itching to get one over on his old side's arch rivals on Saturday.
The former Stuttgart man was in disappointing form last week against Bayern Munich but, with Robert Lewandowski set to be rested, he will be all the more eager to prove himself to Jurgen Klopp.
Borussia Dortmund were hampered against Wolfsburg last time out by Marcel Schmelzer's controversial red card and, short of a repeat performance from the officials, should be able to see off their hosts at the Volkswagen Arena.
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